To A Degree – April 2019


April 25, 2019

To A Degree – April 2019

A recent study by SR Education Group ranked North Central Missouri College as the best community college in Missouri to earn an associate’s degree or certificate online. Eight Missouri community colleges were selected on the 2019 Best Online Community Colleges in Missouri with NCMC taking the top spot at number one.

Have you ever heard of a Medical Assistant (MA)?  Did you know that North Central Missouri College (NCMC) Nursing & Health Sciences Department offers a two year Medical Assistant program?  My name is Kristi Cutsinger, Program Coordinator of Health Sciences at NCMC.  This is a program that will help you expand your skills and qualifications to begin a new endeavor in the world of Health Care.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, “The overall employment of a Medical Assistant is expected to grow 29 percent from 2016 to 2026.  The growth of the aging baby-boomer population will continue to increase demand for preventive medical services, which are often provided by physicians.  As a result, physicians will hire more Medical Assistants to perform routine administrative and clinical duties, allowing the physicians to see more patients.”

NCMC’s Medical Assistant program is a great opportunity for students as they can specialize in either administrative or clinical work.  Depending on the facility, they may be able to participate in both areas.  MA’s have the luxury to meet/greet patients as they enter the facility, schedule appointments, enter patient information into medical records, perform insurance and billing, call insurance companies, and demonstrate a variety of other administrative duties.  As a clinical MA, they can room patients, take vital signs, do basic laboratory tests and give injections.  Other duties include educate patients on medication or special diets, prepare patients for simple procedures, remove stiches, and draw blood.

NCMC’s MA program consists of a two-year curriculum.  It can be taken online with a couple classes that require 2-4 days of hands-on labs.  At the end, students participate in an Internship where they complete 90 hours of competencies to help them prepare for the workforce.  NCMC has been fortunate to have great students and facilities that work hard for the students to gain the experience they need.  Tami Easton, Director of Nurses, stated, “Cameron Regional Medical Center has benefited enormously from the MA program at NCMC.  We have served as a clinical site for the students and have hired several who have completed the program.  They are outstanding employees with an amazing skill set that works so well in our rural and hospital based clinics.” Tatum Griffin, student, said about the program “I have really enjoyed my time at NCMC and have especially enjoyed my time in the MA program.  This program is amazing and allows students to get the one-on-one experience needed, to be a successful employee in the health field.  I am sad my time at NCMC is coming to an end, but I couldn’t have got to where I am today without the support of all my professors and amazing advisor!“

 If you would like to find out more about the Medical Assistant program, I would be glad to schedule a meeting with you to discuss any questions you may have.  You may contact me at 660-357-6284 or email me at .  Visit the NCMC website ( to aid in your preparation by clicking on “Degrees and Academics” then “Degrees & Certificates”.

Let NCMC Nursing & Health Sciences Division help you achieve your educational/career goals!

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“We believe our online programs should be equitable to our on ground coursework in regards to academics, educational outcomes, accessibility, and instructor availability,” said Dr. Lenny Klaver, NCMC President. “Our number one ranking comes from our faculty and staff dedication to our students, and the genuine care they have for students to obtain successful outcomes.”

Each community college highlighted on the rankings lists received a score based on several important factors, including retention rate, graduation rate, and percentage of online enrollment data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).  All community colleges offering at least one online associate degree were considered eligible for rankings. This ranking highlights the schools whose students are most likely to earn a degree.

For more information about online degrees at NCMC, visit or contact the Admissions office at 660-359-3948 x1410.